Smithfield Herald

Johnston County schools salute first-year teachers

From left are award finalists Bryan Van Tassel, Jazmine Walker and Paige Nixon and Superintendent of Schools Ed Croom.
From left are award finalists Bryan Van Tassel, Jazmine Walker and Paige Nixon and Superintendent of Schools Ed Croom. JOHNSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS

The Johnston County school system has named its First-Year Teacher of the Year for 2014-15. She’s Jazmine Walker, who teaches science at Smithfield-Selma High School.

Walker received a plaque from the school system and a $500 check from Alison Hudson of Horace Mann Insurance Co.

SSS Principal Stephen Baker said Walker has an innate sense of how learning takes place. “Ms. Walker epitomizes the proverb, ‘Students do not care how much you know until they know how much you care,’” said Baker.

Other finalists for the award were Paige Nixon of East Clayton Elementary School and Bryan Van Tassel of South Smithfield Elementary School. Both received a plaque from the school system and $250 from the Johnston County Education Foundation.

Other nominees for the award are listed below by school.

Archer Lodge Middle – Tobias Hocutt.

Benson Elementary – Sarah Eonta.

Clayton High – Paula Gibson.

Clayton Middle – Meredith Lindsay.

Cleveland Elementary – Olivia Williamson.

Cleveland High – Judy Hardee

Cooper Elementary – Karen Newhart.

Corinth-Holders Elementary – Myra Peedin.

Corinth-Holders High – Chaning Fuller.

Four Oaks Elementary – Lindsey Jackson.

Four Oaks Middle – Lindsey Mooring.

Glendale-Kenly Elementary – Hannah Koch.

Johnston County Early College – Sarah Holmes.

McGee’s Crossroads Middle – Amanda Welsh.

Meadow School – Elizabeth Schreiber.

Micro-Pine Level Elementary – Sarah Hughes.

North Johnston Middle – Jennifer Harrell.

North Johnston High – Taylor Jones.

Polenta Elementary – Krystal Aviles.

Princeton Elementary – Georgina Wilde.

Princeton Middle/High – Brittany Barbour.

River Dell Elementary – Brandy Davis.

Selma Elementary – Katie Strickland.

Selma Middle – Dawn Bonner.

Smithfield Middle – Jeffrey Massey.

South Johnston High – Megan Jones.

West Smithfield Elementary – Karen Wood.

West View Elementary – Elizabeth Winspear.

Wilson’s Mills Elementary – Samantha McGahey.

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